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Spinner
02-23-2011, 09:19 PM
I've read some of, if not all, the Sparhawk books but nothing else. Next time I'm buying books I'll give Pawn of Prophecy a look.

Didn't Eddings admit later in life that his wife wrote or co-wrote a lot that went out under his name or am I confusing him with someone else?

Not really. I don't know to what extent his wife, Leigh, wrote with him, but he all-too-happily (and lovingly) gave her credit once he was established in the fantasy genre. IIRC, his publisher didn't think he'd initially sell as well with a co-author listed. In his later works she was boldly listed as a co-author on the covers of his books. He took special joy in the fact that Leigh conjured up the name of the villain in The Malloreon series--Zandramas. I suspect it was also Leigh that helped him write Zandramas as an evil sorceress that you couldn't entirely despise. She equally evoked pity from the reader.

I hope you enjoy the sagas of Garion, Belgarath, Polgara, Silk and others. Every time I finish the series I miss them all terribly!

ChelleC
02-23-2011, 09:39 PM
I just finished reading a young adult novel, Anna and the French Kiss, that was featured as a best of YA fiction on NPR for 2010. I loved it! It was such a cute love story. Stephanie Perkins can give Stephanie Meyer a lesson in how to realistically capture teenage awkwardness, angst, happiness and love and create likable narrators who aren't whiny.


I cannot say how much I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss, so wonderful! I so agree with what you said re: Stephanie Meyer.

Etienne was just :smokin:

jen_faith
02-23-2011, 11:42 PM
Vampire smut. :smokin:

Yay for vampire smut!!

Am not really reading much of anything. Have finished off a couple of urban fantasies set in London that had their moments but were nothing that special.

Have finished off Will Power (http://www.amazon.com/Will-Power-J-Hartley/dp/0765321254/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298504760&sr=1-1)by A.J. Hartley. An odd, funny-ish book set in an alternate Elizabethan universe. Didn't enjoy it enough to purchase the book prior that introduces the "almost hero" Will. I have, instead, reserved it (http://www.amazon.com/Act-Will-J-Hartley/dp/B0046LUOSW/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298504375&sr=1-5) at the library and since I've got nothing else on the burner to read, figure I might as well settle in and enjoy it (hopefully).

A book I read recently and quite enjoyed was Jasper Fforde's latest Shades of Grey (http://www.amazon.com/Shades-Grey-Novel-Jasper-Fforde/dp/0143118587/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298504554&sr=1-1). An interesting, dystopian fantasy. Unfortunately, it is not a stand alone novel and Jasper Fforde is not a prolific producer so I will have to wait a while to read the sequel.

oleada
02-24-2011, 01:32 AM
I cannot say how much I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss, so wonderful! I so agree with what you said re: Stephanie Meyer.

Etienne was just :smokin:

Wheee, I've been reading it most of today, and I agree. It was great.

Etienne was indeed :smokin: How come I never meet guys like that?

dinakt
02-24-2011, 01:53 AM
Anyone got The Paris Wife yet? I'm looking forward to getting it. I read an excerpt some time ago -- in Good Housekeeping, of all places -- and really liked it, even though I'm not much of an Ernest Hemingway fan. (It's a novel about his first marriage.)

No, but if you read it I'd love the feedback. I am ambiguous about Hemingway, but adore " A Moveable Feast", so Hemingway in Paris gets 2 thumbs up from me. If the novel is well- written, I'll certainly try it.


I have trouble feeling angsty that Martin takes his time to finish " A Song of Fire and Ice", as there are over 4000 pages between me and the unknown. I am about one third into the first book, and I enjoy it quite a bit; love the fact that there is a distant parallel with the Wars of the Roses, but in a fantasy setting. But whether I'll care about everybody after thousands of pages, remains to be seen.

Curious to check out "Anna and the French Kiss". I enjoyed "Twilight", but ended up REALLY resenting the series, to the point that I threw away the books, which I normally never do.

Wyliefan
02-24-2011, 02:24 AM
No, but if you read it I'd love the feedback. I am ambiguous about Hemingway, but adore " A Moveable Feast", so Hemingway in Paris gets 2 thumbs up from me. If the novel is well- written, I'll certainly try it.

I'm hoping to pick it up before too long. Will you let you know how it is!

Prancer
02-24-2011, 08:02 AM
Vampire smut. :smokin:

:lol:

You will no doubt be whelmed to know that I just downloaded Worth Dying For from the state e-book library and will commence whining about Lee Child's bestseller whoredom just as soon as I finish reading If I Stay. (http://www.amazon.com/If-I-Stay-Gayle-Forman/dp/0525421033)

I keep downloading samples of YA books to see if I think my kids might like them, and then I end up reading them myself.

I just downloaded a sample of Anna and the French Kiss; I think my daughter would really like that one :).

rfisher
02-24-2011, 11:50 AM
Reacher drives a car! And he doesn't have random sex because he still thinks he wants to go to Virginia, albeit he's not in too big of a hurry since he has to stop off and save some strangers first.

zaphyre14
02-24-2011, 01:56 PM
Vampire smut. :smokin:

Laurel K. Hamilton has a new book out? You can't get much smuttier than hers. :)

I'm book-hopping again. I'm still wading through "The House on Durrow Street" (and wondering why as I'm not finding any of the characters particularly sympathetic an the plot - what there is of it - is fragmented and erratic at best). I am skimming through Carol Higgins Clark's "He See You When You're Sleeping" - a Christmas mystery involving ghosts, loan sharks and a 7-year-old ice skater. And I started Steven Saylor's "Arms of Nemesis," the next Roman mystery in his Gordianus The Finder series.

rfisher
02-24-2011, 03:04 PM
Laurel K. Hamilton has a new book out? You can't get much smuttier than hers. :)

.

I think she does, but she's pure porn. :lol: I got the new Jeanienne Frost. She's just smut.

I'm listening my way through HP (for the 10th time or so). I'm at the point in GoF where Harry and Voldy are fighting. I still love that. I sat in the car for 10 minutes this morning to cheer Harry on. He's on his way to pick up Cedric and get on back to Dumbledore. Although, once again I was yelling at JKR and asking where Voldy was hiding his freaking wand when he was a spirit or hiding out in rats and snakes. :mad:

RockTheTassel
02-24-2011, 03:07 PM
:lol:

You will no doubt be whelmed to know that I just downloaded Worth Dying For from the state e-book library and will commence whining about Lee Child's bestseller whoredom just as soon as I finish reading If I Stay. (http://www.amazon.com/If-I-Stay-Gayle-Forman/dp/0525421033)

I loved If I Stay. I can't wait for the sequel coming out this spring.

Nan
02-24-2011, 04:18 PM
Love, love, love A Game of Thrones in and of itself, but I'm not sure I'm sold on the entire series, and it is so easy to lose interest when Martin takes so long between installments.

I loved A Game of Thrones, but by the time I finished A Clash of Kings I felt like I had been through a marathon dentist visit. It's a good story, but the sheer number of characters and trying to keep track of them all got to be a bit much for me. I do have A Storm of Swords at home, waiting, but I think I need some fluff reading to relax my brain, first. :)

modern_muslimah
02-24-2011, 04:28 PM
I cannot say how much I LOVED Anna and the French Kiss, so wonderful! I so agree with what you said re: Stephanie Meyer.

Etienne was just :smokin:


Wheee, I've been reading it most of today, and I agree. It was great.

Etienne was indeed :smokin: How come I never meet guys like that?

I'm glad you two enjoyed it.

If only we were all so lucky to meet an Etienne in high school (or after). :lol: He definitely was :smokin:.

ChelleC
02-24-2011, 06:55 PM
If only we were all so lucky to meet an Etienne in high school (or after). :lol: He definitely was :smokin:.

That's the truth!

I went to the author's website last night, and discovered she has two more books coming out. She's called them companion books to Anna.

Lola and the Boy Next Door will release in September, 2001.
Ila and the Happily Ever After will release sometime in 2012.

modern_muslimah
02-24-2011, 08:24 PM
That's the truth!

I went to the author's website last night, and discovered she has two more books coming out. She's called them companion books to Anna.

Lola and the Boy Next Door will release in September, 2001.
Ila and the Happily Ever After will release sometime in 2012.

Yeah, I saw that on her Goodreads page. I can't wait for Lola and the Boy Next Door!